We thought we’d share one of our favourite doggie biscuit recipes for weight watchers. We are often asked for advice on over weight dogs. While exercise and a balanced diet are the two key ingredients to a lean fit hound, if you’re dog isn’t losing weight even after you have cut down on the amount you’re feeding, a vet check is recommended. Dogs who eat little but remain over weight might have a thyroid gland problem. One of the most common problems in dogs is hypothyroidism and it could be one of the reasons why your dog isn’t losing weight.
If you are worried about your dog’s weight, ask your vet to check your dog’s thyroid levels with a complete thyroid profile. If your dog is diagnosed with a thyroid problem, it is easily treatable with an inexpensive thyroid hormone which should help him or her lose weight and increase energy levels.
Try this simple but doggielicious recipes for a between meal treat for weight watchers. They contain lots of herbs for a power boost to health and lots of mint for fresh doggie breath.
Herby Dog Biscuit Recipe for Over Weight Hounds
2 and half cups of whole wheat flour
1 and quarter cups of cornmeal
2 teaspoons garlic powder – helps with itchy skin and health
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 teaspoon dried parsley – great for fighting infections and overall health
1 teaspoon dried mint – great for doggie breath! Add more if you like.
1 teaspoon oregano
1 and quarter cups water
1 egg white for glazing
Preheat an oven to 190 degrees celsius, 375 degrees Fahrenheit
In a large bowl, blend all the dry ingredients together. Add water and make a bread type dough. Turn the dough out onto a light floured surface and roll to about quarter inch thickness. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters or try some freehand shapes if you are feeling creative. When done, place cookies on a baking sheet covered with non-stick foil, glaze with the egg whites. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes or until the tops are golden. If you want the biscuits to be really crispy, a good tip is to turn the oven down to a low heat, say 90 degrees celsius and bake for another hour or so.